Lens vs Monaco Preview – Can Monaco keep their hot streak going to lock in second-place?
RC Lens will be at home on Saturday to AS Mónaco, in this Season’s return fixture, having already faced them at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
In this return fixture, AS Mónaco travel to the match as Champions.
RC Lens’ campaign so far has seen them accrue 61 points this season
Franck Haise will have impressed upon his team the importance of getting a positive result out of this game, following two successive defeats. First it was Reims and then Troyes, however this is something that their opponents will be aware of going into this fixture.
Also, Lens keep finding ways to win, having secured six victories in their last nine fixtures is astonishing this season. Now they have 17 matches won, 10 games lost and 10 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in seventh place, with a total of 61 points having won 17 meetings, drawn 10 games, and lost 10 matches.
When Lens host Monaco, they will do so on the back of nine victories, six darts, and three losses on their own ground.
A win in this fixture would take RC Lens’s points to 64 in the League.
Good Attacking Performance
Lens will be pleased to have a good goal scoring record so far this season (60). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Arnaud Kalimuendo (6), Florian Sotoca (3), and Seko Fofana (3). Lens have conceded 46 goals.
Lens’s squad has depth, but even so, Franck Haise is likely to be missing two of they key players when they start Saturday’s game.
It’s 68 points so far for AS Mónaco this season, going into this game
With a win in their previous game, (4-2) against Brest, Monaco will likely be in a positive frame of mind.
Also, another fixture and another win for Monaco, winning is becoming habitual for them and this is the mark of a team, a rich vein of form that has drastically improved their Ligue 1 position. Their position is second in the League and they have 68 points, that is, 20W, 9L and 8D having won 20 fixtures, drawn eight meetings, and lost nine games.
Monaco’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Lens. In the 18 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won eight meetings, drawn four fixtures, and lost six matches.
Winning this fixture will see AS Mónaco on 71 points.
Good Attacking Performance
Monaco have a good scoring record this season, with 63 netted so far (60 from open play and three penalties). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Wissam Ben Yedder (14), Kevin Volland (5), and Myron Boadu (3). Monaco have conceded 38 goals.
Monaco are no strangers this season to illness and injury and Philippe Clement is concerned that Saturday’s fixture could see him without two of his key players
RC Lens v AS Mónaco – Head-to-Heads.
Regarding their historical duels the two teams have already met each other 48 times with the result being 18 wins and 18 draws for Lens. Additionally, the two teams have been unable to break the deadlock in the last three matches, with draws on each occasion. January 2022 was the most recent time these two clashed in this competition and The Monégasques took all three points winning 2-4 away.
Players to watch
For Lens, Arnaud Kalimuendo contributed withsix goals in 37 League fixtures this campaign, while Wissam Ben Yedder scored14 goals in 37 League games this season for Monaco.
Other standout players for Lens are Arnaud Kalimuendo and Florian Sotoca with six goals both and for Monaco are Kevin Volland and Myron Boadu with five goals and three goals respectively.